Superman, Super Mario, and Wonder Woman race through the woods with The Joker and the villain from the Scream movies closing in. As the heroes dodge mud pits, the villains lunge for the colored flags dangling from their belts. This isn't a video game or the plot to your weird cousin's fantasy novella—this is the Heroes & Villains Adventure Run. Participants pick a side—heroes or villains—and then don the appropriate costumes, sprinting along the 5k path and around obstacles such as wire crawls and wobbly logs. At the end of the run, everyone celebrates the nuanced nature of human behavior during the Epic Party, which features revelry set to live DJ tunes.
Owned by a cadre of US-military veterans, The Kung Fu School operates under the direction of Sifu Houston Fuqua—a martial-arts prodigy who started out when he was 7 years old and taught his first class when he was 12. Sifu Houston went on to serve in the US Army, where he developed unquestionable discipline while training in special operations and ordinance. While serving his country, he continued his martial-arts training, earning two black sashes in two styles of kung fu. His skills caught the attention of a Chinese monastery, where he was invited to spend up to eight years perfecting his art. However, Houston declined this honor in order to stay home and continue teaching his students.
Today, Sifu Houston tutors his pupils in martial-arts styles such as my jhong law horn, wing chun, hung gar, and tai chi. His cohort, Sandy Kehoe, works in real estate by day and assists Sifu by night. She, too, is a product of armed-services discipline, as she spent four years in the Air Force, two years studying kung fu, and proudly wears a red sash. The duo facilitates classes on kung fu, mixed martial arts, self-defense, personal training, cardio kickboxing, and tai chi. They strive to imbue each session with the spirit of kung fu, which means “success through effort”—a phrase first uttered by the man who built the Great Wall of China.
Stone Moves Indoor Rock Climbing's multicolored crags rise from padded floors, creating a safe environment for top ropers, lead climbers, and boulderers alike to practice their vertical virtuosity. Each climbing and lesson package includes rental equipment such as a harness, helmet, climbing shoes, and chalk bag, but does not come with any Spiderman webbing. During the one-hour private sessions, instructors tutor wall scalers on the basic techniques of climbing and belaying, and also cover safety tips before pupils test-climb their new skills. Bouldering walls rise at gradual and sharp angles, allowing novice climbers to achieve their dreams of being stalactites for a day and membership holders to gain unlimited access to the gym's challenging crags.
Flashback to 2007, and trainer Christina Clemmons’s physique lacked the chiseled shape of today. After two pregnancies, she was fighting against obesity and losing. So she hit the gym—hard—and by 2011, Christina had shed 70 pounds and countless health risks. As the founder of Real Fitness Real Training, Christina helps her clients do the same. She tailors workouts to optimize results for each of her individual clients or groups of boot campers, incorporating her experience with sports medicine, cycling, Zumba, and yoga.
A healthy mix of competition and sheer fun makes up the youth classes at HeartBeat Houston Dance and Fitness, where instructors guide students through jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and African dance moves. The studio also hosts adult fitness classes that offer a confidence-boosting environment for choreographed chair routines, Zumba moves, and burlesque dances that employ button-down shirts, canes, hats, and Nixon masks.